Economists give the president and Congress a 'D' on the economy. How would you grade them?
June 26th, 2012
03:30 PM ET

Economists give the president and Congress a 'D' on the economy. How would you grade them?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama and Congress get a big fat "D" when it comes to their handling of the economy.

CNNMoney asked 20 economists to grade our leaders, and both the president and Congress received "D" averages.

It's hard to imagine any other profession where you could perform at this level and keep your job.

These experts say Congress is more interested in scoring political points than in helping the economy. They're also worried about the so-called fiscal cliff and the looming disaster if Congress can't get its act together.

But Congress doesn't seem too worried about any of this. Bloomberg news reports that congressional leaders may delay the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts until March. These cuts are scheduled to start in January.

At the same time they might temporarily extend income tax cuts and other tax breaks.

In other words, kick the can down the road some more without making any serious choices. That "D" grade is looking a little generous.

Meanwhile, ordinary Americans continue to suffer under the weak economy.

A new survey shows 28% of Americans have no emergency savings. Nothing. Zero.

The general rule of thumb is to have enough savings to cover at least six months of expenses. Only one in four people have that.

And just last week Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he expects the unemployment rate to remain above 8% through the end of the year.

The real absurdity is Congress and the president will look at you with a straight face and tell you how they think they deserve to be re-elected.

Here’s my question to you: Economists give the president and Congress a "D" on the economy. How would you grade them?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dan in Pennsylvania:
To both parties in both houses for wrapping dog poop in Tootsie Roll wrappers, politicizing it as candy, and then claiming the other side won't vote for their wonderful legislation, I'd give them all “F’s”. I think the president has tried but was unable to finish the deal through no fault of his own. I'd give him a C: A for effort; F for results.

David in Tampa, Florida:
I would give the president a "D+" on the economy. I would give Congress an “A” for absent or abysmal or asinine. I think these people should reimburse the government for two years of unearned paychecks.

Richard in Texas:
I don't think that anyone is very proud of our Congress, except for the congressmen themselves. When I look at these people as a group I am reminded of the Peter Principle (promoting someone to the level of their incompetence). These folks have all been promoted far beyond their level of competence.

I would give them a big fat “F”. We have been downgraded simply because Congress and the president can't get anything done. If Obama doesn't start getting assertive with Congress, he can kiss a second term goodbye.

Larry in Houston:
The president gets a D +. Congress gets a F. At least we know what Obama is going to do if he's re-elected. As for Romney, if he's elected, then he will get the elevator and the middle class will get the shaft.

Mike in Minneapolis:
I'd give Obama a C+. I'd give Congress a good, swift kick in the A.

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  1. Russ in PA

    "F" for sure, as so many politicians claim to support a free market system – which has proven to provide the greatest wealth for the greatest number of persons – while in reality promoting tariffs, monopolies, and a fiat money system that rewards those with ties to government, and destroys the wealth of the rest of us.

    Free markets, with a minimal government protecting our property and contract rights, would solve the current problem quickly. Of course, that would then show that politicians are as useless as you-know-what on bulls...

    June 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  2. Paul From Round Rock, Texas

    A big fat F+++. It seems that none of them want to get anything done or work with the other party. Exspell them now throw the bums out.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  3. Lee in Wyoming

    A to President Obama, not only for good ideas but also for doing his best to get work done with the current Congress. Congress gets a D. Would have been an F if it only consisted of the turncoats (read traitors) who refuse to do their jobs and have bowed down to Grover Norquist, et al.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  4. Dave - Phx

    That grade sounds about right for Obama, but congress should get an F. Their whole view of governing is opposing the president no matter what. They commit treason against the American people, playing games with peoples lives.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  5. Elizabeth From Toronto

    Congress should get a D- not the President. Congress should be abolished and a new legislature established. When all a Congress does is focus on stopping a President from being re-elected, that is a waste of public dollars. History will show that like Reagan and sending more Latinos home; sheparding the financial crisis through; giving more Americans access to health care; creating jobs etc.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: I give President Obama an A- on the economy, and Congress gets an F on the economy and a D on everything else. The President has made some pretty good recommendations for job growth and business building measures. Congress is doing nothing which is a bad thing. Congress is controlled by the Republicans and they do not want President Obama to succeed, because of the elections in November. The Republicans do not want to govern, and for the past 4 years there main effort has been to defeat President Obama. This nation needs a Congress which works to solve some of the problems created by the Bush Administration.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  7. MNResident

    Wait a minute, Mr. Cafferty. I thought historians a couple of years ago rated the Obama presidency as one of the greatest in US History. What's wrong now? Oh, I get it. The Obama administration will just try and hide his grade here like they have hidden his other school grades.......

    June 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  8. j mullis

    President gets an A and Congress an D in my book.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  9. Gary H. Boyd

    "D" is an appropriate grade Jack since I see it standing for DEADLOCKED. However, I'm also inclined to propose a grade of "F" as standing for FAILURE. When over 90% of voters consider Washington to be doing a really lousy job,
    these clowns, incluiding the guy in the White House, ought to be ashamed.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  10. Karl in Flint, MI

    I'd give the President an A+ and the GOP in Congress an F. The president knows what needs to be done, but the Nordquist Pledge prevents the GOP in congress from doing it. Raise taxes and create infrastructure jobs. Our current route is going nowhere and won't until the Democrats get control again.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  11. Gary in San Jose, California

    I would give them an A+ on their application of the Rothschild Formula. Our debt is now over 100% of GDP due to generous spending on wars, tax breaks, bailouts, and social programs yet their deficit spending remains at about 10% of GDP. Their banker buddies must be so proud.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  12. drake mallard

    senators and congressmen should have term limit. Come a d? it more like f-

    The state's financial situation is not an accident, it is the result of a decade of chipping away at the revenue base for the benefit of a long series of special interests. Now, with term limits, a politician can't even mumble in his sleep about fixing any of the problems that require money

    June 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    As far as I can see, and will admit to maybe a little bias, the Republicans in congress are blocking all measures that could move the economy forward to make sure this President fails. That qualifies as a T for treason, or at the very least an S, for sedition, but what do I know. And last I checked Presidents can't legislate.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  14. Paul in NC

    I would give the president a C; maybe C+. Congress gets an FF. With a total lack of leadership in the House and the ridiculous super majority in the Senate nothing has been or will be accomplished. Republican leaders and Tea arty drones are willing to let the economy crash in order to defeat the president. For his part, he made a good start but then let the mindless Norquist kiss-ups push him around. Hopefully that all stops in November.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  15. jk in MN

    Since it's Congress that actually is the legislative branch and should be passing legislation that improves the economy, Congress gets a BIG RED F or F- if that's a legitimate grade for doing absolutely doing but political postering for 2 years while the economy and a lot of American struggle. The President gets a B- for trying by proposing programs and trying to work with congress and for not allowing the auto industry to fail in 2009. Both need to be focusing on getting people back to work and my guess is they will be surprised how much that stimulates the economy.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  16. Pete in Georgia

    A D huh ??
    How bout an F- !!!
    First this impostor called a president hasn't a clue about the meaning of Free Enterprise, the foundation of our economy. How would anyone expect this community organizer to understand the first fundamentals of our economy ??
    Next, Congress is doing nothing until January 2013 when a Republican president takes his oath of office and starts the road to a REAL recovery, not some fantasy illusion taught at the school of liberalism and socialism.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  17. Jayne in NH

    I'm not schooled enough in economics to give a grade, but I don't think it's quite fair the President is lumped in with Congress. The original stimulus would have been much more successful if Republicans in Congress hadn't held it hostage until they got a huge chunk of it going to their beloved tax breaks. Most economists I've read said the recovery would have been much quicker if all of the stimulus had gone to creating jobs.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  18. Tom (Atlanta)

    I know a lot of people like the President; I like him too dispite my disagreement with his big government approach to most things. But as a leader he blew it. He poisoned the well. Yes congress gets a "F" but bad teachers result in failing students not the other way around. The Presiden polarized the country and congress. And now we have gridlock. The gridlock was created by this President and he gets an "F" on leadership and a "D-" in economics 101.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  19. ken, atlantic city, nj

    I would give obama, bernanke and congress an F.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  20. Hamlinian News Network Staff

    I would give them a big fat F. We have been downgraded simply because Congress and the President can't get anything done. If Obama doesn't start getting assertive with Congress in trying to pass things he can kiss a second term goodbye.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  21. Gilbert

    Unfortunately, the chain is only as strong as the weakest link. Congress has been a mill-stone around the neck of the American Economy, with their "Just Say No to everything the President suggests," to their treasonist opposition to the welfare of ordinary Americans. Quote Mitch McConnell: "The main goal of Congress is to stop President Obama from doing anything... make him a one-term president." If that is High Treason... what is? Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and a dozen others... should get the firing squad, summary execution. In view of what has transpired or has failed to transpire over the last 3 1/2 years... I would give Congress an "F" for failure to honor their duty to the American people. In this environment, through no fault of his own, the best grade President Obama can earn is a C+. This because he did, in fact, stop the 750,000 job-loss-per-month at the time he took office, from spiraling our economy all the way down the toilet. He also salvaged the American auto-industry by taking Bold, Decisive measures. This is LEADERSHIP! He also provided a safety net for those 8.5 million Americans who lost their jobs during the last two years of the Bush-Cheyney regime, and the millions who lost their homes as a result of no longer having a job... The Republicans did absolutely nothing to help, though it was their duty to do so. Yet they want to sit on the sidelines and CROW that Obama did nothing, or that he didn't do it fast enough. These people are a hateful scourge on American society and their deeds will not be forgotten.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  22. Jenna Roseville CA

    Economists give the president and Congress a "D" on the economy. How would you grade them?

    I would give the president a B and congress an F.

    For the president, he should have twisted more arms.

    For the congress, the Republicans have blocked everything just for political reasons – nothing more. They have taken being a Sore Loser to the EXTREME. They have forgotten that they work for us and NOT corporations.

    Roseville CA

    June 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  23. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    The President can’t be graded on the economy since he can’t make them. He can only sign on to them when a spending bill from Congress comes to his desk. Jobs are created and maintained in the Private Sector, and additionally, Congressional spending spawns jobs for the Private Sector. That is what fuels the economy.
    Give the Private Sector a D
    Give the Congress an F

    June 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  24. Larry in Houston

    Economists give the president and Congress a "D" on the economy. How would you grade them?
    Answer :
    President – D +
    Congress – F
    At least we know what obama is going to do – IF he's re-elected. As for Romney – IF he's elected, then he will get the elevator, and the middle class will get the shaft.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  25. Ed from Texas

    The President cannot do it alone. t's Congress' fault. The leading Republican in the Senate,Mitch McConnel (R-KY), said, "Our #1 priority would be defeating President Obama in 2012." Not the economy...not jobs.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  26. Pat in Michigan

    First I would give Congress an F-. these are the people hired to find a solution not stop one. Mitch McConnell said he would do anything to make sure Obama was a one term President no matter who suffers. well you have been successful we are suffering from your leadership. Thanks for that.!Second I would give the President a d- because he hasn't stayed in Washington long enough to break a few legs.the time for twisting arms is over .Replace Congress and the corporations who bought them.Replace the President if you have to but for Gods Sake do something!

    June 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  27. Dave R-Seattle

    I believe that the Republicans in Congress, with their obstuctionist tactics, are primarily responsible for the slow economic recovery.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  28. RickFromDetroit

    I give Congress a F-. Congress still insists that we must give the wealthy tax cuts so they can create jobs. The truth is that we have 45% of the American Public living a low income to poverty standard of living and this is where "consumer spending" is anemic. Job Creators can't create jobs unless they have Consumers with money to purchase their products.

    Congress' only concern is Wall Street and the Wealthy, and they have even gone to the extreme of adjusting "Entitlements" to a level to sustain a minimum level of spending to prop up Wall Street, while they sit in their offices hoping that their "Trickle Down" economics will save the economy. The truth about this is, that after 30 years of Wall Street profits that have robbed the American worker of their middle class paycheck, the Wall Street crowd is choking on their own saliva. LOW WAGES FOR 45% OF THE COUNTRY IS THE PROBLEM!

    June 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  29. Mark in BC NV

    Well the Democratic controlled Senate hasn't passed a budget for 3.5 yrs and every budget that the Messiah has given Congress has failed as in "FAIL". So who's fault is it? I know, blame Bush, that always seems to work for Liberals.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  30. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I personally think there would be a lot more people back to work and economy would be a lot better if the Republicans in Congress would have pledged to work together and make compromises including raising taxes on the 1% and making cuts at the same time. The Republicans were offered for every $10 cuts there would be one dollar in taxes and they turned down. Instead they took a pledge to Glover Nordquist not to raise taxes especially on the wealthy tying their hands behind their backs on what can be done to decrease the deficit. This is where the problem lies and it will continue to be a problem as long as these blind fools take an oath to one man more seriously than the oath they took when they entered office.. I give the Republicans in Congress an F and Obama a B.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  31. Mr. D

    The "D" obviously stands for "dead wood." Not just dead, it has been rotting for a number of years and is actually polluting everything around it. It's past time to clean out the forest. As far as a grade, how about FAIL. Too bad we can't send them all to the principal's office.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  32. Mark in Houston

    A D? I would kick Congress out of school, along with a note stating.."Does not work well with others" As far as the President is concerned...the grade is too low. He hasn't even been allowed to attend class. And Jack, all you have to do is look at the emotional and intellectual level of a lot of the electorate and that will explain why these people are still in office

    June 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  33. James - Alexandria, VA

    I give the President a grade of C because he has tried. I give Congress and F and all of that is directed at the GOP for not doing anything. They should be ashamed of themselves and I hope they all get voted out of office come November.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  34. james in north carolina

    It is unfair to grade either Congress or Obama. They are both trying to get reelected. The economy is merely a sideshow.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  35. Nancy, Tennessee

    Everyone knows that it doesn't matter what grades you make as long as you pass. Congress should be sent back to the primer grades. They have failed miserably and they don't even realize how many families in this country are hurting.
    Maybe they would be more concerned if they are standing in the unemployment line after November.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  36. Phyllis G Williams

    Economists give the president and Congress a "D" on the economy. How would you grade them?

    I feel badly for them, but a country which has billions in their bank accounts to give away,
    and have an enormous debt, could not tell me that they love their country, as they are acting
    as Ds "Donkeys".

    June 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  37. Miguel Morris-Austin, Texas

    People in glass houses should not throw stones. Where were they for the last 8 years in helping our Presidents with the economy. Anyone can predit dire outcomes, but only competent individuals can help with efficient, effective, visions to overcome the same;. Enough said. Maybe they failed Economics 101 themselves and do not know how.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  38. David, in hot and sunny Tampa

    I would give the president a D+ on the economy. I would give Congress an A for absent or abysmal or asinine. I think these people should reimburse the government for two years of unearned paychecks.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  39. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    I would give the Congress an F for filibustering the Jobs Bill, blocking every effort at stimulus, and adding to the unemployed particularly police, fire fighters, and teachers. I would give the President an A for never giving up on them. I would have long ago.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  40. Mel - Houston

    If the government investigators can't find any charges to indict the executives of the bank system of this country on the economic crisis of 2008 that is the real failure. Of course the President has to be linked with the Congress and the Senate, but; until he can get a single Republican vote on legislation that he supports possibly he should be given a temporary pass. Instead of investigating the looming banking crisis in this country the investigative branch of Congress is digging thru the failure of an ATF operation called Fast and Furious. Congress' lack of vision in their establishment of priorities is astounding. Could this just be politics? Is the old aphorism, "It's not whether you win or lose. It's how you play the game", the policy instead of common sense?

    June 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  41. Pete in Florida

    I give Obama a "B" – he tried repeatedly to work with the Republicans, while they have refused 24/7 to work with him or the Dems in Congress. Bush, not Obama, destroyed the economy; Obama has tried to fix it, but it's impossible when half the gov't is throwing out roadblocks every step of the way. However, I give Obama an "F" in common sense, for ever trying to work with the Repubs when it very quickly became obvious that they would NOT work with him under any circumsatnces. For Congress, I give Dems a "C", and whatever is below an "F" to the Repubs because refusing to work together to find solutions is NOT the way to save a sinking ship. I used to be a Repub – now I hate them.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  42. Steve from Concord, CA

    Personally, I'd give them a 'D' too, Jack! & that's being extra generous on my part. I can't see how Congress or the President can get by with a 'D' average. I remember how in college that was considered more borderline failing than borderline passing. But then again, maybe I'm just a little too old-fashioned. The only good news to come out of this is if they're lucky and economists curve the grades, then, and only then, they just might end up with a 'B' average or higher. Got to love statistics, Jack.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  43. Thinks2010

    I'd give Congress an F and President Obama a C. Both the Republicans/Tea Partisans and the Dems have covered themselves with disgrace. If Congress really wants to know who holds them in contempt, all they need to do is talk to the majority of americans.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  44. Mark, Oklahoma City, OK

    If I were in charge of grading this bunch of do-nothings, Congress would get a D and be held back a year, Obama would be Expelled!

    June 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  45. Michael Bindner

    I give Obama a solid C, although he would get an A if he sold Freddie and Fannie to the Federal Reserve. I give a D to the Senate and an outright F to the House Republicans for playing around with default and for stopping more spending and forcing Obama to do so as well. I expect a leadership change in the House – mostly due to loss of majority status by the GOP.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  46. Marc from San Diego

    I'd give Obama a C, and the congress most definitely gets an F. Ever since the Republican's got control of congress they have done next to nothing to help the economy, and have been more focused on playing political games to unseat Obama than help Americans and the economy.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  47. Bert in LA, CA

    Hi Jack, how can economists grade Obama, or even "Congress," on improving the economy when the Party of No, the GOP, will not allow any of Obama's bills to improve the economy to move forward in Congress? The more correct questions for the economists is "How would you grade the Party of No on improving the economy?" My answer is "A big fat F"

    June 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  48. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: What good does it do to give a grade of "D" when we all know that the economy is continually "F"aililng!

    June 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  49. Mike in Minneapolis

    I'd give Obama a C+. I'd give Congress a good, swift kick in the A.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  50. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack, I give Congress an F because they're not doing anything about the economy but are focussing on holding contempt hearings and bashing the President and because, according to the Constitution, it is CONGRESS that has the power to tax and spend and to regulate commerce and CONGRESS is the branch that passes laws. I give the President a C+ because he has ideas and he's trying, but he can't do anything without CONGRESS. Congress is too focused on making him look bad to care that the country is going over a cliff.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  51. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    With all the hot air emanating from the halls of Congress it's no wonder our economy isn't going full steam ahead. Of course one also has to take into account the weak global economy. President Obama deserves an A plus for standing fast against a regime of would be oligarchs who only want an economy of, by, and for, their pockets only. Multi national corporations are sitting on (hoarding) trillions of dollars in cash and continue to demand tax breaks because they are the "job creators". They are now investing in a campaign for Romney (Mr. Adelson et.al.) instead job growth. Its a wonder there is room enough in their pockets for all that cabbage and Congress too, which deserves a big fat D as in Dump'em. I might add that the economists who did the grading are probably the same well heeled and highly educated folks who didn't foresee this mess coming. Probably too busy covering their own assets.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  52. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    A "Z" for zero. These "Americans" are a poor example of fighting for us and none of them deserve to be rehired but unfortunately most will be back next year. I got fired from a job once because of my lack of performance and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Wake up America and send them a message.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  53. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    I would grade him a B- because the economy IS slowly getting better BUT I would give the Republican Congress an F because since the so called "Tea Party" took over in 2010 there has been NO action on Infrastructure construction or any other government projects. everything they have passed is all about "social issues"

    also the Republicans in the Senate have filibustered every jobs bill that was proposed by the 2008 Democrate Congress right after Obama was elected so the "what about when Obama had a Democrate Congress?" argumant is bunko.

    and the reason should be obvious to anyone who is paying attention (unlike you people at Cnn). the Republicans are doing everything they can to sabotage the recovery because they think it's their ticket to the White House and a majority in the House and Senate.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  54. Jim in Illinois

    I would give them an "F". They are all a disgrace and totally gutless.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  55. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Congress an F, in capital letters. Republicans have fought almost everything Obama has attempted since day one, except when he signed a bill that allowed firearms in National Parks, ludicrous. Fortunately the President did not have to consult Congress when he authorized going after bin Laden, republicans would have gone to the outhouse to caucus and pontificate. I'd give Obama a "B" considering who he has to work with.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  56. Richard Texas

    I don't think that anyone is very proud of our congress except for the congressmen themselves. When I look at these people as a collective group I am reminded of the Peter principal. The Peter principal is defined as promoting someone to the level of their incompetence. These folks have all been promoted far beyond their level of competence.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  57. Overby

    I thought economists were smarter than that....how could they give such a high grade?

    June 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  58. chris

    this is the easiest =decision of the day a big fat F MINUS

    June 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  59. Gigi Oregon

    You would be surprized how many people are not keeping their money in banks today. For many reasons. I would grade the Republican Congress an F and the Democrates a D. And give President Obama not only a B- but will give him my vote come November. Being a moral Christian conservative.

    The religious right has lost their moral values dictated by "God Himself". Matthew 25:35 They have placed their values in the god Capitalism. Which is a sin against God's teachings in both the Old and New testaments. Beginning with the Ten Commandments.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  60. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    President: "B-C". He had the power to let the Bush tax cuts expire and he didn't. He has the public platform to educate people on the absurdity of "give rich people more money and everyone benefits" and didn't do it. Corporate media controls information in this country and he's doing nothing about it.

    Congress: "F". You don't have the option of disagreement. The people of the country you serve are suffering. If there was nothing they could do but they tried like heck anyway..... sure. But as it is... get out. What a bunch of greedy dogs.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  61. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    I'd give Obama a "C" for contrivance and Congress an "N" for negligence. Congress couldn't a rat's behind about the people of the U.S. All they care about is putting the Kibash on anything that the President tries to do. Call a spade a spade ... Congress is the 'bad guy' in this scenario, not Obama.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  62. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, the rabid right says that congress has no business trying to fix the economy. They say the government should get out of the way, remove all regulations and let capitalism have it's way. Of course, almost every large scale economic disaster we have faced in the world comes from unfettered capitalism, from allowing the markets to dictate the economy. As for grades, I give congress an F and I give the president a C for effort.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  63. David of Alexandria VA

    I'd rate them about the same, Jack. We have the largest and most robust economic engine in the history of the world - and our leadership has not, in 4 years, figured out how to mobilize that to pull us out of the recession any faster than sluggishly. Moreover, they haven't been smart enough to even show a pathway of hope. We've been relegated to wallowing in our own misery. Somewhere, there must be someone smart enough and savvy enough to know which levers to push to make this better. I know it's no one in the White House or they would have done it by now. And the House and Senate have formed a sort of polictical black hole from which no enlighted idea, if there is any, can escape. Maybe we should ignore the whole birth certificate issue and elect Angela Merkel as our president in November.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  64. bobz fr. pa

    obama and the dem's got a zero in my books

    June 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  65. Susan

    Susan from central Iowa. The political fighting earns them an 'F'. The GOP keeps repeating the mantra that the President has lacked leadership, but they use this an excuse to do nothing. They have not succeeded in pulling the wool over my eyes. It is their charge to work to a solution, but it is either their way or the highway...even when compromises are made they continue to insist on saying no.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  66. David Gerstenfeld

    Conservatively speaking, an F-. This is the most selfish, self -centered spoiled politicians ever. If possible I would have "Scottie" beam them all off the planet & start over.
    David, Las vegas

    June 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  67. Jon

    Sorry, AND the President? It seems to me that 90% of this article seems to be about Congress' performance, with the President tacked on as an afterthought. Let me ask you this: how is it Obama's fault that we – yes, WE, the American people – decided that splitting Congress in 2010 was a good idea?

    June 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  68. Andre R. Newcomb

    I wouldn't be so hard on them. A 'B' might be more deserved. The oil still flows. No famine. Lots of choices on TV. The sharing seems to be going on. And "the sharing" with the world ALSO seems to be happening. A lot of the credit of our nation's currency's solvency is due to the lawful conduct of our military's policing in arenas of civil unrest and unlawful activities. While most in our nation have cash-flow, the cash-flow that our military gets (pay scale) is a cash flow that carries real risk . . . not fiscal. Slowly but surely moving to a globalization for world peace.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  69. Allan Hanson Placerville, ca

    I would give Congress an "F" because that is the lowest we can rate them, I think the President would do better if not for the " for hire " Congress.
    If the voters could keep those who are slightly competent, and get rid of the truly incompetent, but given the choices we are stuck with, I wonder if it would be an improvement.
    We are between a rock and a hard place..

    June 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  70. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Whether you mean the congress or the so-called economists, they would have to meet FDA minimum standards for me as I would grade them both as dead meat. The process to reciprocate, should be like making sausage, but don't eat it !

    June 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  71. moving1

    Both this question and the Economists an E for effort. Why won't you use your platform to call on Congress to past the job bills and stop playing politics. Who are these Economists, and where were they when Wallstreet was gambling with our money. if thaey are so smart inpassing out grades, they should have seen this coming.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  72. Ego_Death

    President gets a C
    Congress gets an F

    The whole political process needs to be overhauled and changed but ultimately its the responsibility of congress to pass the laws and do the things to put the country in the right direction. The president can't do anything without the support of congress.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  73. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    I'd give the President a "B", and Congress a big fat "F". This isn't Obama's economy, this is the economy Congress has conspired to give us. Their absolute refusal to work with a legally elected President, traitorous pledges to Grover Norquist, deliberate obstructionism, and a more than blatant amount of racisim, have brought us to a disasterous situation. Obama has tried everything, including compromising far beyond what any normal person would expect him to, only to find that Congress loves itself more than it loves America.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  74. Chet Vanbumble

    Jack, I would give the President a "D" mostly for his immigration policies and failure to stand up to the Republicans on tax breaks for the wealthy.
    I would give Congress an "F" for putting there political interests ahead of the interests of the American people. From the day President Obama took office, their primary concern has been to make sure he doesn't get re-elected.
    Glenville, NY

    June 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  75. William

    You said they get a "D" but unfortunately they get re-elected. I give them a "T" for Treason such as Mitch McConnell's one term President remark: Google it to recall. We elected Obama and it is not for Congress to work to get him out of office. Congress is there to work for us "We the People" but this Congress is as obstructive as they come and this is not for the Good of the Country. Romney and the other Republican Presidential Candidate all swore to abolish Obamacare. Tell me with Republican Majority in the House what did they do to make Obamacare any better...Nothing! Job creation, the housing problem or even the economy Congress is that lame Duck that needs to be put out of our Misery. Fire Congress....All of Them!

    June 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  76. Burbank

    2012 is Voter's Revenge! Does that answer your question, Jack?

    June 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  77. James Baker San Diego

    Congress: F
    President: INC

    June 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  78. Laura, Boston MA


    An "F" for the President and an "F" for the Congress. Both have been busy alright just not working for the people that elected them! One is out golfing and socializing with movie stars while the Congress is busy fighting amongst themselves.

    Both blame the other side and those who came before them!!! They want to get an improving grade; they better go to summer school and study hard!

    June 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  79. P.A. Gulledge

    As a retired school teacher, I would give the President and Congress an "F". Everyone knows we have problems, but they refuse to work together to try to solve them. The money is the taxpayers. I don't mind paying to help our own citizens, but why do we have to help the entire world and people living in our country illegally?? They should make laws and policies to help our own elderly, our own students, etc. Then they can help the others with what is left over (if anything). If the President and Congress would just stop this partisan fighting and do what they were elected to do–serve all the citizens of the USA.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  80. Ervin Simkins

    I think the economists are very lenient. Up to our ears in debt, high unemploymenyt that does not even reflect those permanently out of job market and most prognosticators do not see near term releaf. I say it's an F!

    Portland, CT

    June 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  81. Tim Matanovich

    D average for both, yes. Congress F for rectitude before responsibility. Obama C for lack of initiative. We need LBJ!

    June 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  82. Matt - Somerville, MA

    If the President earned three B's and an F, and fares better than Congress, both of which you omitted in your writeup, how does that make a D? That averages to about a C+.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  83. Vick, Orange Park , FL

    I would give the President a C+. I think if congress was doing their jobs and trying to help turn the economy around he would be at a B+ or A-. While I do not agree with all of his ideals, congress has no ideals of their own except "do not let the President succeed".

    June 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  84. MNRick

    Congress absolutely deserves more blame. Obama C+ and Congress D-.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  85. Jesse E., Durham NC

    Congress gets an F in my book. At least Obama is trying to generate ideas and put things on the table, so I would grade him a little better at a C. I'm not sure grading both Congress and the President together on something like this is even fair. The President has fought an uphill battle. If both parties of Congress could set aside their differences and COMPROMISE, we would all be a whole lot better off.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  86. Steve

    I I'd give Obama a B- and the Congress a big fat F. I'm not giving Obama an A only because he should be standing up to Congress more firmly than he has. He tried to compromise and it got him nowhere on everything. Obamacare is hated when iit's called that, but most Americans want all of the things it is scheduled to do. Bailing out the auto industry lowered the unemployment rates in Michigan and surrounding areas tremendously. Congress is sold out to the very wealthy and corporatist interests. Every one of the Tea Party traitors need to go.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  87. Toni from OK

    I agree with Ed from TX and Larry in Houston. Obama – D – Congress F worst congress in my lifetime.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  88. Loren, Chicago

    An easy F. For all of the President's words, he has used his political positions to fuel his reelection campaign and those of his fellow party members. Given the state of our economy, he has shown himself to be a poor leader and a disaster on economic issues. While I hold out little hope for a more reasoned approach from Romney, I don't think that this country can take another four years of the Chicago Way.

    I wish that the American people would just yell out the window "I'm mad as hell and I'm going to take it anymore" and vote every elected official out of office regardless of what they've done, good, bad or indifferent, so we could start all over with politicians who feel they owe their jobs to the electorate rather than their campaign donors.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  89. Ken in MD

    Obama gets a C+. He had some good ideas. Congress gets an F. They not only have no good ideas, they block everything the President tries to do.

    Obama proposed a stimulus package that would have cost over a trillion dollars. He gave in to GOP demands and reduced it to about $680 million, and much of that was in tax cuts. As a result, he not only got no GOP votes for the bill, but most economists said the package was too small to be effective. Then Congress blocked much of the spending anyway, so a lot of the money never got out.

    Now Congress blames Obama for the lowered debt rating. But S&P made it very clear that the primary reason for the lowering was the inability of CONGRESS to pass a budget, approve a debt ceiling limit, and basically work together to try to solve the economic problems.

    So Congress gets the failing grade. Obama gets a pass for his efforts.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  90. Francisco A in Phoenix, AZ

    I would give President Obama an "F" for not backing Simpson Bowles or proposing a new grand bargain and congress an "F-" for not having passed a budget in over 3 years!! Grow some "cajones" and do whats right for our country! This waiting until after the election strategy is the most self-serving act of congress.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  91. Sonya from NC

    I would agree with the grade D or maybe even a fat F for Congress but I have to give the president credit where credit is due. He get's a B+. He's tried and everything he tries they block. How is the man suppose to get things done when regardless they disagree or agree but want to do it a different way. People seem to forget about what the president enherited from GWB....when you have to clean up someone else's mess and deal with a recession that was foretold of far before he came into the White House, what do you guys expect. Please get past the color of his skin, assuming that he knows nothing. Has anyone listened to Mitt Romeny's plan or lackthereof....I mean really people get over it. Yea, he's of partial African. Doesn't mean he can't run this mess of a country and attempt to get it back on track. Wow, the comments are just crazy and the majority of the people who are against President Obama and his plans are the people that his plans would actually WORK FOR! Gimme a break.....

    June 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  92. Peter from Toronto

    It's hard to give Obama a grade because Congress won't let him do anything anyway.

    Congress, however, not only gets an "F", but they have been so bad and so stupid that they should be kept away from sharp objects.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  93. Phil

    I think the President should get a D, I think it's an honest appraisal of the effectiveness of his policy direction and decisions. I would give the House of Representatives a C, average but they have put forth over 100 bills and sent them off to die with Harry Reid and his pocket veto. When people grade the Congress, I think they too often associate it with the House and thereby default the Republicans. But Congress is also comprised of the Senate, where the Dems have the majority. And this portion of Congress has done nothing. The Senate deserves an F grade.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  94. Jayson

    The President gets an F. First he creates a commission to make recommendations on how to help the economy and then he chooses to ignore the majority of those recommendations. Given the fact that it was a bipartisian commission it just shows how much the president is interested in reaching across the aisle on practically anything.

    I give Congress an undecided since the president for all his claims of communication don't hold up to actual scrutiny as he has at times kept his own party in the dark. You can't claim that Congress isn't trying to work with you if you don't take the time to talk to the Republican leadership and actually try to reach a compromise....

    June 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  95. olepi

    So, the "experts" believe that the GOP Congress is willing to let the economy go down, in order to score political points.


    June 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  96. Stephanie in Seattle

    Sounds to me like obama and congress are bribing those economists.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  97. Ryan

    Congress F. President Obama B.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  98. David in Waikiki

    Three F’s Jack.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  99. Andy Borchers

    I'm a college professor in business, and I don't fail many students. But congress and the President both have earned an "F" for a total lack of effort to answer the challenges we face.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  100. terry

    There isnt a grade low enough

    June 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  101. Tom

    You can not grade neither on the status of the economy. The economy is a complex system that is effected globally as well as affected by surrounding markets. I would rephrase the question, and ask Economist, If producing more green jobs is both beneficial to the earth, and global economy. Does increasing the rate of which goods and people get transported from point A to point B beneficial to building the economy. In terms of grading Congress, and the President, for the United States Economy, the question would be how many work with economist, as well as engineers and scientist. Because without working with both economists as well as engineers things do not get better. So individually let me ask this question, What members of Congress have worked the most with engineers and scientist as well as listened to economists? What reports has Congress created on an individual basis relating to scientists and engineers. Also What are the Governors of States doing to talk to scientists and engineers. The job of Congress is to create policy. They are the policy makers... so you can not put the President in that category. The Governors on the other hand may not be policy makers but they should be in constant communication with the President of what they are learning. Just as the members of Congress should be in constant communication with the President. Congress has forgotten what its role is, when establishing policy and communicating consistently with the President. There should be not just be talks between the speaker of the house and the President. There lies the problem. Each member should be communicating with the President.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  102. Alex Landi

    The president deserves a "T" for treason. He is the biggest threat to our democracy from a president we've ever had. And the Democrat party is now officially the Race-Baiting party. Good grief.

    Mt. Shasta, CA

    June 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  103. david doherty

    I believe if the President and congress were graded seprately the results would be very different. If congress got D- then the president would be in the B's
    Dave from NH.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  104. Michaela

    I'd give the president a c- ........ And I did vote for him.... Congress I'd give a great big f to....and I intend to show them that when I vote this year.......I will NOT vote for any incumbent senators or congressmen!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  105. Jeanne Dukes

    Obama actually got 3 B's and one F, which somehow the economists averaged into a D - not in my school, it wasn't. Regardless, if the Congress were not so constantly blocked by Tea Party activists, perhaps compromises (to which Obama is open) might result in some action. Read Paul Krugman; he's got the right idea.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  106. Joe

    For the President, I'd give him a B-, he did have both the house and senate for 2 years and did things slowly (He should've taken advantage of that rather than resting on his laurels). As for Congress, a big fat F! I cannot wait to see Boehner (AKA Bonehead) shed some more tears handing over the gavel back to the Dems!!!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  107. Ken Horseman

    A grade? They don't deserve a grade! INCOMPLETE. Stop the grandstanding and do what people sent them to Washington to do - their job!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  108. EJ in Metro Houston

    No matter how you feel about the president he can not do this all by himself. There are public sector jobs that could be added to get people back to work like we have done in the past but the Tea party house will not pass it and even if they did the GOP senate would filibuster it. I would give Obama an I for incomplete but the 11% approval rated Congress would get a D-

    June 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  109. Eric in Los Angeles

    If our congress was a professional sports team we'd be scraping the bottom of the division with no hopes of a championship on the horizon. I'm tired of losing. I want a new coaching staff, some players that put team first and a front office that cares about the fans.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  110. Jim In Pittsburgh

    President Obama's "stimulus" wasn't really a stimulus, but it did provide an important cushion (such as keeping public workers employed; extending food stamp benefits, etc) and his actions saved the auto industry. I give him a B+ for an imperfect strategy that at least resulted in some good. The people who get an F are the Republicans in Congress, especially those Tea Party nuts. Democracy is based, in part, on compromise. They refuse to compromise and we have gridlock as a result.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  111. Steve in Fort Worth

    Jack, here's my 2012 voting strategy: If you're currently an office holder at any level, I vote against you. Maybe some "real" citizens would be willing actually govern instead of kicking the can.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  112. wycliffe

    That means the republican party gets "O" for obstruction!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  113. BrianNM

    Well, seems like a success for the Republicans. They wanted to make sure they blocked Obama at every turn to damage the economy so they could win the white house. Now people are giving the President a D because Congress will not pass any bills that would help the economy in any way. I really wish the Republicans would have found a way to beat Obama that didn't involve tanking our economy, but I guess power at all cost justifies their actions to them.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  114. Stephanie in Seattle

    Sadly too many people don't realize that congress includes the senate. obama gets a big fat F for his divisiveness. Reagan and Clinton both were able to work with the other party to move us forward. It all falls on leadership and all this guy has is excuses. This little experiment with hiring the lease experienced guy in the room didn't work out so well.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  115. Greg

    I can't agree that congress deserves a D. They don't even deserve an F. Is there such a thing as an "F minus"?

    June 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  116. Louis in Rhinebeck, NY

    I wouldn't give them a grade, they skipped too many classes

    June 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  117. icharliem

    Congress a F, the president a C ... The former has done nothing to improve the economy. It's behaved like a student who doesn't hand in the homework that's been assigned or show up for the test ... and then expects to be passed. The president at least has made an effort to improve things. He does his homework but can't always pass the tests. He too often looses traction in following through on his positions and, in critical moments, caves in to appeasing the opposition. We may not be satisfied with the results of either Congress or the president. We need to flunk the failures and vote them out of office. There may be hope for those who pass ... at least they've made an effort.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  118. Jim

    How do you grade dropouts? Congress quit on America a long time ago!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  119. marineone1983

    I give both the President and Congress an F on both sides of the aisle. I see nothing but political posturing, a great deal of being out of touch with the American people, a willingness to squander our wealth sending money to countries that resent us and will misuse and waste that money, and a dismal future for us, our children and our grandchildren. And the worst part is there are poor choices for future public servants in the coming election.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  120. juanita in Il

    Definitely an F to the Liar/Promiser in Chief...D for Congress sounds fine to me...what a world...what a world...

    June 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  121. Oday Yousif

    It's not fair to give everyone in our government a D. Some deserve it, some deserve F's, and some deserve A's. Most deserve expulsion though. If you where to ask me, follow Egypt's move and dissolve congress then call for nation wide recalls in order to put better people in the seats of the corporate dogs in our government.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  122. Margot in Washington

    Obama gets a B–he put forth an effort. The clowns in the House and their "Grover" pledge are far more interested in shutting down government and talking about it to the media than doing the work of the American people. Quarrelsome, lazy, mean and stupid--that's our Congress........F and please, please, don't hold them back another year-we can't take much more of this crowd of slackers and whiners!!!!!!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  123. maria larkin

    A "D" ???Every single one of them gets a big, fat "F" . I"m dying for November to come around so that I can go into that voting booth and vote EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM OUT OF OFFICE. Let's see what the next bunch can do ...anything has to be better than the ineptitude we have now. Our country deserves much better than this.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  124. Stephen, Indiana

    Obama gets an F for thinking his stupid liberal policies will help the economy. Look at the stats Mr. President, your policies aren't helping. Congress gets an A for not allowing any more of these policies to be put into effect.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  125. Steve Kline

    As long as Congress can get their benefits for free and can get money from special interest groups to line their pocketsEconomy will not pick up until they . Why should they care about the Middle Class who are hurting and the get some relief and jobs are created for them. I give both F's as again they could care less about the people that they are supposedly representing as it all about them. I will not be voting for many if any incumbants in the next election.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  126. Paul from Michigan

    The grade is applicable, if a bit skewed. The Republican Congress, most specifically Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, have blatantly stated that their #1 concern is to make Barack Obama a one-term president. Not to help the economy. Not to put Americans back to work. It's to kick the President out of office. Their insistent stonewalling of almost all legislature is proof of their intentions. With opposition like that, how can anyone expect anything to get done? So again, applicable, if skewed.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  127. Cary

    They all deserve pink slips not report cards. The problem is the scorched earth tactic that is becoming business as usual in Washington. Congress needs to go but voting out President Obama won't help because Romney's big plans are more tax cuts for the rich and fewer benefits for regular people and more welfare for corporations. Obama's plans haven't failed because Congress won't let him tie his own shoes. Get him a Congress that he can work with and then see if he can fix the mess. We already know Romney just wants more Bush Jr policies which caused the train wreck we have now.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  128. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I give the U.S. Senate an F for refusing to take up the Budget for the last 3 years. Obama an F for failing to get the Senate to do anything. In November I will give the President a R for "Replaced".

    June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  129. Jeff

    I'd give them an "A" as in "Absent" when called upon to govern FOR "We the People". But NOBODY is asking, nevermind answering, the BIG question: "What if we simply don't need everyone to work to provide ALL of the goods and services needed/wanted by our society?" With the huge increases in productivity over the past 50 years, why aren't we ALL working 20 hour weeks and going to the beach and playing with our kids?

    June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  130. John

    "D" for destructive? That's the only reason to give a "D" to congress. More likely an "O" for obstructionist.
    The best result for America would be to keep Obama but kick out all the "T" party incumbents and replace them with people who want to cooperate and work for America, not just the already rich.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  131. Jonna

    Jack, Im to focused on trying figure out how im gonna pay my living expense next month, since my employer has not paid me in 50 days, because the state of ILL has not paid her. So when we talk about grades, I give them all an "F" for failure. I have tons of ideas of how we can stimulate the economy, here is a free tip, start at the bottom.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  132. rahmal

    I don't believe congress has given Pres. Obama a chance to make a real difference in the economy. But then again, I remember several group assignments where My grade was in the hands of a dimwit. In the end, I stopped trying to make excuses and did the work myself.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  133. Paul Dudley

    Since the grading scale goes from A to F, I would give them a big fat F-. The president and members of congress are protected and don't really worry about their jobs. If they were in the real world they would not of even passed probation. I believe in giving everyone a chance but both the president and members of congress have been given chances time after time and they completely let the american people down. If they had a conscious they would all resign but then again when was the last time they did the right thing.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  134. Oliver El Paso, TX

    I give John Boehner and Erick Cantor F, but I have to given them credit they have kept their promise to do nothing for the good of this nation, They took an oath to serve the people their action should be concerted treason, and Representative Issa should hold them in contempt of congress and the USA.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  135. Nancy - Pella Iowa

    Economists are not the right people to grade anyone - they all have different ideas and conclusions, and are usually wrong.

    I give President Obaama a healthy "B" for keeping our country from falling off the cliff to disaster and keeping a steady hand at the wheel. Congress is another story - The stubborn Tea Party Republicans deserve an "F" for their inability to see the forest for the trees. All the Republicans who signed Norquiist's pledge deserve an F minus as well. The Democrats don't deserve much better - and I give them a C-minus for their lack of strong support behind President Obama. Cowards mostly!!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  136. Ron WPAFB

    Obama has done what he could without the GOP controlled house! That being the case, I give the Republicans in the House a "F"! They have obstructed Jobs bills and tried to tie riders on that gut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while allowing tax breaks for the Wealthy! Now they want to cut health care programs instead of stopping Tax loopholes for the Rich to pay for Road repairs and Student loans, DO YOU SEE THAT JACK? The Republicans in the Senate have filibustered and blocked bills that would help the Economy. How you can't see that troubles me! It really does and that means you are not helping either! You have the Public's ear and you blame Obama, Really?

    June 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  137. Don Smith

    A+ for Obama – he prevented a second Great Depression, F- for Congress.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  138. Villages Nancy

    I wouldn't give Obama a D but I would give Congress a BIG F. Until we try to compromise things will just snowball. If Romney gets elected it will het worse. With all of Economists with Ph Ds out there can't somebody figure out how to fix the economy???

    June 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  139. Antonio S.

    The president gets a C for having good economic policies, but failing to implement them. Congress gets a F for putting politics above country. -Richmond, Virginia

    June 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  140. marineone1983

    I give the President and Congress (Republicans and Democrats) an F. They are out of touch and perfectly willing to squander our money on everyone but the American public. Our way of life is being compromised by a government that feels more responsibility to the rest of the world than our own people. Not only is our way of life not improving it looks dismal for our children and grandchildren. And our choices for the next group of "public servants" is not looking promising.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  141. Kyle in Cincinnati

    Congress wasn't deadlocked until Republicans got voted into office with a politically outraged attitude. Polarization is the problem with our political system, and until we get more moderate, more independent representatives in office Washington will not gain productivity. You must also remember that Obama can only work around Republicans so much in congress. Obama and the Democrats are certainly less polarized than Republicans.

    Ask what means our politicians are using to get reelected and you will see Obama and Democrats look a lot better than the others in doing so.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  142. Larry

    If this were school and they were being graded? F, but i dont want them held back for another term, I want them all gone, with better students who can work and play well with others. This is an economic joke that makes noone laugh

    June 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  143. Graham - San Antonio

    I would give both an F. The Keynesian economic system of the boom and bust cannot be corrected by just creating more debt. Both the republicans and the democrats choose to kick this can down the road, and as a 20 year old just entering the workforce, they're kicking it to my generation and the generations to come.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  144. Kevin in CA

    Obama – "C+"
    Congress – "Withdraw"

    June 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  145. Ed from Chapel Hill NC

    Based 100% on the performance of the economy and its current state... both get a "D". However, from the perspective of a very INDEPENDENT Independent politically, I place the greater fault with Congress. Mitch McConnell stated the day Obama was elected that it was "his job" to see that Obama was not re-elected... and he has clearly been working at that job very hard. I'm absolutely disgusted at Congress and the blatant, blind, "boiler-plate" partisan rhetoric that emanates from the Capitol Bldg every day. Obama is far from "perfect", but NO President can accomplish anything if the controlling party in the Capitol Bldg's primary focus is to prevent him from being re-elected... and if they are working so hard at that – Congress is NOT doing the business of the people. Actually... I'd like to change that grade. A "D" for Obama and a "Z" for Congress – not an "F" or any letters between "F" and "Z" – a "Z". Can't get any lower than that!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  146. Vito from Long Island NY

    No grade, they both should get expelled. Its incredibly sad to see how one of the greatest nations has fallen so hard from the high chairs and yet those on capital hill still insist on acting like babies. It's time for them to grow up. Put the political b.s. and ideologies aside and get something done. It doesn't matter anymore which political party you belong to. It matters that you're an American. We should care to bring this country out of this gloomy dark past we have all been dwelling in and start to show the light at the end of the tunnel!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  147. Eddie Jones

    How can you give the president a D grade when this congress said their number one goal is to make sure he fail. That's like a parent saying the teacher is not teaching her child anything, but the parent is not sending her child to school.....This is a joke

    June 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  148. Ben From Ohio

    I'd give them an F for sure. Democrats continue to ignore our soaring deficit and Republicans are far to concerned with trying to get Obama out of office instead of trying to fix the economy. They only care about their own self-interests and with only an 11% approval rating, I say it's time to vote them all out.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  149. Gary

    It would be hard to grade either the President or Congress since they have missed so much class while they spend all their time out behind the dumpsters playing kick the can down the road with the National Economy

    June 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  150. Michael Greenway Eagle, Idaho

    I would give congress a C because at least the House has tried to pass real job bills that actually create jobs in the private sector what an idea, it's too bad the senate didn't go to the Republicans in November of 2010 because then the senate could actually pass bills that the house has passed already and make President Obama make a decision whether to veto a bill that would create jobs in the private sector. Of course President Obama knows nothing of the private sector, because he has never worked in the private sector. As for the grade for the President I would give him an E because it is one letter lower than an F. The President is a disgrace to the country and I can't wait for November when Mitt Romney becomes the next President. I'm am sick an tired of President Obama, I don't think I can stand four more of this guy and neither can the country.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  151. LR

    It's hard to give the President all the blame after all he inherited an unprecedented mess and regardless of what label you put on it, to many on the outside it's a depression. Not sure what steps the President could've done when he had majorities in the Senate and House, but once the "new" batch came in, their goal was to make sure this was a one term President. To anyone thinking that "new" could be better need only to look at the "public servants" we have in office right now. There was a news article a few days ago that stated that the Senate and House politicians worked less than 50% off the time. It seems politician is the only job in this country where you can get full time pay for part time work. In the meantime the people are fed every line in the re-election book to make them believe how they're the answer to solving the problems out there but if you really listen, you never hear specifics. I think the great builders of this country would be extremely displeased as to how it is evident that the Party system no longer works because it prevents individuality. Politics need not be a sporting event between two teams trying to beat each other... I don't think this was the idea behind having two political parties. I think its about time we save some money on the budget and repeal all salaries for politicians as they have not done any work for the money we pay them.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  152. josey

    Since Jan. 2009 – Democrats had 60 votes for 4 mnths – the last half of 2009.

    Republicans have filibustered more than any other party in history – voting "No" on basically ALL legislation to improve the economy – simply for THEIR political gain.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  153. Charles Martin

    There are 5 things that congress can do right now to create good paying jobs. 1.Infrastructure bank.2.Surface Transportation Reauthorization.3.Fix America's schools Act.4.Renew the Production Tax Credit.5.Raise the Minmum wage . Or you just spend the money on extending unemployment and let people sit at home while their skills deteriorate. I say it's an "F" grade.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  154. sisi

    I give president obama an F on president.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  155. Renee, Illinois

    So now we're grading their bad performance when we know they all deserve to be kicked out? Does Nero fiddling ring a bell?

    June 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  156. Denney COllins

    I would give Congress an F. I would give the President a C. It also strikes me that no matter how the election goesNovember, it is not going to get any better. Those who occupied Wall Street were at the wrong address. Tney needed to be in Washington.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  157. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The economist got a grade of "D" right because they recognize Congress and President Obama aren't economist and it would be unfair to give them an "F" for failure for something they clearly don't understand and aren't qualified to fix.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  158. JT - TN

    I would rate the President with a B at best because he's working hard to fix the damage from failings of the last administration, but I would definitely rate the Congress with a resounding "F"!!!! All they appear to care about is playing the game of one upmanship against each other at the expense of not only the economy, but on many other important issues as well!!!! If they don't get their act together and soon we could ALL very possibly pay the price for their nefarious actions!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  159. Dan from Long Island

    Dear Jack,
    Congress owes the American public some tuition before they deserve any grade. They also need to be questioned about cheating on the public as well. They do deserve a free course in ethics. Their action or lack thereof has reached the point of being criminal. The upper echelon of the Republican party should tried under the RICO Act. If you haven't guessed I'm giving them an F... Dems too! As for the President, I don't agree with all of his motives, but I believe he's essentially trying to do the right thing. I give him a C-. We're really a mess... a disgusting mess.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  160. calaurore9

    Incomplete. Final Exam will be how Obama handles things when Europe tanks.

    C. in Ma

    June 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  161. krimefighter

    I've been one of the 28% since January, when my savings were exhausted by the effects of a hit-and-run driver. Although self employed, I couldn't work for six months, and went from having no worries and being on the verge of launching a public advocacy to having no health insurance (not good for a cancer survivor needing tests) a mortgage default, and food stamp card.

    I give the President a B+ but Capital Hill an F. Oh, one F for each side of the isle. The infighting and Republican mandate to get rid of Obama have been as damaging to the middle and lower classes as the greed that enabled Wall Street to cause the economic meltdown. How does the President warrant a B+? At least he keeps trying; by now he must realize that the Republican Millionaires will invoke whatever necessary to grind anything and everything to a halt.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  162. Henry in Maryland

    First, Jack, I would not give a single grade to the Congress as a whole. For every Republican who signed the Grover Norquist no-tax pledge, I would give an F (maybe an F-triple minus if that is allowed). I would also give an F to any member who did not sign that pledge, but who supported delaying the debt-ceiling increase. As to the rest, I would give a C or C minus. I would give the President a B minus for his efforts to do the right thing, but would give him a C minus for being too accommodating to Republicans who had already said their only goal was to make him fail, and the USA be damned. Overall, I would give him a C. You did not ask, but I give Romney, who supports tax cuts for the super-rich paid for by an effective tax increase for the middle class, and for supporting other trickle-down baloney, a D minus.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  163. Jay

    The economy is a mess. However, to most President Obama is the Equivalent to Abraham Lincoln or George Washington. President Obama, is a symbol of true freedom not just a token President. Obama, inherited a mess from the last administration and is definitely a step up. He may have earned a D on the economy but he keeps the hopes and the faith of Children and Adults for freedom in his hands. Most of us work a 40 shift and are dependent on our co-workers. Obama has had a 4 year shift with co-workers unwilling to work with him and everyone judging his every move. He is a remarkable President.
    Hemet, Ca.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  164. Barry Wainwright from Missouri

    Congress F, is that the lowest grade we can give them? How about 0, how about treason, it is clear they are only interested in capitalizam and Corporations, in the Dollar they Trust.
    President Obama, D the world is having a lot of problems and congress is an obstruction to jobs, perhaps its time the executive branch hired some people, it worked for FDR.

    I know you did not ask, but how about the Judicial Branch? They Get an F too. Time to change the constitution and put term limits on the supreme court, And Congress.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  165. Folarin

    "D" grade for congress and the President is definitely generous. They are all out of touch with reality or just in denial. I just hope the electorate are ready for butt kicking in November. Newark, Delaware.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  166. Rob

    I give the President an F- as well as Congress! They both are a joke and have their noses so high in the clouds that they only are interested in their own well being! TheBEST thing that could happen would be to FIRE everyone in Congress and the Senate as well as Obama. Our government has become one big joke! I would love to see any of them have to make it in today's ecomony without all of their wealth! Shame on our goverment! It is nothing but a "One Upmanship" who can best line their pockets at the expense of our citizens. The US was once a great country but we now are nothing but a joke. We can not even take care of our citizens but we sure want to be first in line to take care of these other countries who know if they whine enough, our dumb politicians will come to thier aid! No more morals, no more God allowed, we deserve all we are getting. All of these dead beats who vote for Obama just do not want to be cut off from all of the freebies! It is too bad our politicians can not see further than the end of their noses!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  167. rick atlanta

    I have read with disdain all of the comments here. For Obama they give A's, B's, B+, A-, etc. No wonder the country is in a mess. It's because these voters are so ill informed about the facts. Obama has stuffed so many socialist programs and spending bills down our throats, its no wonder Congress has said "enough" and we are going to block the rest of his stuff thats driven us to the poor house. People, quit reading the liberal media headlines to the stories and delve into the real facts for a change. For once, please read the contents of his proposals which are truly un-American.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  168. Hank

    An F. However, Jack, the members of congress are just doing whats they need to do to keep their job. Americans are obviously fed up of how how polarized congress is, yet given just recently several moderate politicians lost their primaries due them BEING a moderate in their party shows that playing the middle ground is still a way for our politicians to earn a pink slip. If we want our politicians to stop being so partisan and get along, then the people who elect then need to do so as well and stop punishing our elected officials for doing so.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  169. John Anderson BHAM, AL

    F- for Obama and I am puzzled about his religion

    June 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  170. tom jacksonville fla.

    If you keep the tea parters who signed pledges to norquist rather then the american people outt..they have pres. Obama hands tied.you can only do so much by yourself.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  171. Economic Survival Guide

    I am the founder of the Economic Survival Guide Center. I give congress and the executive branch a solid "F". They have Failed to do their jobs period. They no longer represent "The People" because individually we can not possibly compete with the "Corporation People". Which also makes me give the judicial branch an "F" as well, for ruling that Corporations are people and that money is free speech. The passing of the NDAA= F the not ending of the Patriot Act= "F" the giving the TSA the right to irradiate and or grope traveling consumers- F the not banning GMO foods and or at the very least LABELING the GMO foods = F the not standing with the American people that had their equity stolen by brokerages in an equity stripping ponzi scheme and instead standing with the banks that robbed Americans of their wealth and assets= MAJOR F! Naming the former "too crooked to fail" banks attorneys as our atty general and the head of the US Justice dept.'s criminal division namely Erik Holder and Lanny Breuer respectively, another "F"! It's a fail in every way. The problem is Romney and his croneys will be no better! I have joined the party "Not dumb enough to fall for it anymore". Thank you very much.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  172. Karmina Kohen

    I would definitely have to say Congress deserves an absolute 'F'. However, I think Obama deserves a 'B', maybe even a 'B+'.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  173. Sandra from Texas

    Jack, I've taught in college and universities. You only get a D in my class if you try really hard, do everything you are asked, yet failed to pass the final. So, by my grading standard, Congress gets a big fat F for failing to try and ignoring why we sent them their in the first place. I have college students who act more mature and reasonable. The President is more difficult to grade, right now I would give him a B for at least attempting to get something done in an extremely hostile working environment.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  174. blake B. Nelson

    Remember the promise to make the president a "one timer"...then you know who gets the F.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  175. Maurice Boyd

    Congress is the reason why our economy is not thriving. President deserves the credit for a staple economy. Let's stop playing games and give blame where blame is due. OUR PRESIDENT DESERVES 2 MORE TERMS!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  176. Reggie53

    I give Obama a DDD because of all his failed policies. The Republican House I will give A- but the Senate with Harry Reid gets DD. He is stonewalling any new bills that the House passes and we wonder whay Congress gets nothing done. Obama and Harry Reid both have to be defeated to get anything positive happening again in America and Congress. Reid has to be put out to pasture because he is not able to do his job. Obama will go back to his community organizing....he does a better job there.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  177. Nick

    Not sure if the writer of this short article actually glanced at the cnn money article... The cnn money article explained that 3 of the economists gave Obama "B" grades and the remaining economist (really a mouthpiece for the conservatives) gave Obama an "F." Obama has actually dug our economy out of the depths of the worst recession in recent history – Congress, at least the republican members have stonewalled full recovery in exchange for ammunition in order to defeat Obama this November. Sacrificing the economic health of our country in order to win an election is not that big of a deal in the case of the Koch brothers or Mitt Romney – they have enough to carry them through either way..

    June 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  178. Tom

    Basically the Economist are passing the buck... because its not their responsibility even though, it is in part the advice that both Congress and the President follow. Congress has forgotten its role (to create policy)... and instead of one person communicating with the President (the Speaker of the House). The entire Congress should communicate on an individual basis with the President on a consistent manner. (see my other post further down). Congress needs to be communicating with Scientists and Engineers as well as listen to Economists. But they must communicate with both Engineers as well as Scientists, and must all (including the Governors of the entire United States) communicate consistently to the President.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  179. Troy in Round Rock

    Two words for ya Jack ..... Tea Party. The worst people up there!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  180. nathan

    The question isn't whether congress has performed poorly, but rather, "poorly compared to what." While the Obama administration has allowed the economy to stagnate, it's true, the Republicans want to attack a shortage of demand with FURTHER reductions in government spending. It's like watching a cancer patient refuse treatment because they "know" radiation is bad for your health.

    Government spending, right now, is radiation therapy for the economy. It's not a matter of want – it's a matter of need.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  181. Scott in Michigan

    Congress = F. Obama = F. Why do the liberals so conveniently forget he had a Democratic majority for the first two years of his term and still managed to completely screw everything up? If that doesn't tell you enough, then you are blind.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  182. Dean

    While you can grade the President and Congress together, it's kind of naive. If you want to fix this particular problem, you've got to tackle our 2 party system and the big money supporting them.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  183. Ron in Texas

    Congress = C as in clang, let's kick the decisions down the road once more. I have been a republican for over 30 years even working as a campaign volunteer but it does not take a math major, which I was, to realize that if you cut taxes by 500 million and spending by 500 million but have a defilcit of 1 trillion a year you still have a deficit of 1 trillion a year. Still a problem. The trickle down effect is the fact that we are not being rained on. If we are going to address the deficit taxes need to be raised or all of the loopholes. Congress should wear a sign reading bought and paid for by ?

    June 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  184. Gigi Oregon

    I guess when when Mitch and John said they would do everything to make President Obama a one term president they meant everyting... even giving up their own souls...to the devil himself...

    June 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  185. kevin

    I would give them both an F. Just look to Iceland or Canada as to whether Keynes or austerity works best.

    The only viable political option is Gary Johnson. Other than that, buy gold and prey.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  186. Arvin- Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Jack, I give congress a F minus minus because Congress for the past few years has been all bark and no biite, and don't even to try to compromise. Thats basically the reason why the economy is not better than what it should have been by now, because if congress actually COMPROMISED and did something about our unemployment. For the president I give him a C+. President Obama has helped this economy from the virtual state of emergency that we call '2008', BUT I don't wanna say Obama has entirely helped the economy due to the fact that unemployment is still over 8% and our debt is over $15 Trillion dollars with $4 billion dollars deeper every day.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  187. Marilyn Culver

    President Obama, is an A- because he has to put up with Republican's that have sworn to make him a one term President. He would be an A+ if the people that put Repubs in Congress in 2010 would have put Dems in office. Congress is a F- (if there is such a thing.) They are vile people.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  188. William (Pittsburgh)

    President Obama gets a ( B) for effort and the Congress gets a ( E ) for saying NO! on everything but the American press including CNN gets a ( F) for not pressing the issue with Congress when it comes to them all saying NO! to the President based on not the issues but what appears to be Republican Congressmen and women looking at the president face. The Republicans are putting their ism's and politics ahead of the American voters . Come November I believe the GOP has a big surprise coming to them.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  189. Payne H

    ...far harsher than what they are grading themselves at. Inside the political arena, home to the elites and the "superior" members of America, life is splendid! A's for EVERYONE! ...outside of that box, in what we refer to as REALITY ...the grades are much lower for the political elite. And the longer they reside in denialville ..the consequences become more severe.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  190. Sirned

    Obama a B congress an F and corporations an A+++++++

    June 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  191. Larrjustice5

    Obama had control of both houses of congress for over 1/2 of his presidency and the only thing we got was the stimulus, which was an abject failure. His only solution is to spend more money–we don't have it, we're broke. Thank goodness congress has stopped the insantiy. He doesn't know what he's doing and he needs to go!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  192. sturmgewehr

    I give Congress an F- for its inability to get passed their political pandering to help the american people. While Obama would get a C because he's tried to many things to help and he shouldn't be the scapegoat for congresses incompetence, no president should.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  193. Thomas

    Obama has earned a B. First, when Democrats controlled Congress, he helped prevent a run on the banks, saved the auto industry, got health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and used the stimulus to kick-start job creation again. Second, when Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives, Obama reached out to them in compromise on the budget, sacrificing support from his Democratic base. But each time he reach out, the Tea Party-led House cut his hands off purely for political reasons. You can't blame the President, if the House won't join him in to initiate compromise legislation that he can sign into law.

    Obama would have scored an A, if he pushed for a $400B larger stimulus in 2009, stronger Wall Street Reform when Democrats controlled Congress AND if got us out of Iraq and Afghanistan earlier to cut defense spending. We could have used the savings for more Education and Transportation infrastructure jobs that would have lowered unemployment to 7% by now. Even without help from the Tea Party-led House, several million more people would be working.

    Tea Party Republicans would rather see Obama fail than America succeed. Do you have rating below F for them?

    June 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  194. KTinCV

    Obama: C or an incomplete. Can't really judge him since Congress (or one party) has tried to block his every move.
    Congress: F, minus. Most dysfunctional legislative body in history.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  195. I'm a Rose

    I would give Our President an A and the Democrat side of Congress an A.
    For the Republican side of Congress I would give an F minus for being Obstructionist.
    The Democrats can't get anything passed because of the Nurds wanting to make our President look bad.
    I guess Republicans aren't working for the people anymore.
    Republicans are working to get controll of everything, does that smell like Dictators?

    June 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  196. Zafarrano Wolffe

    An F on all counts.
    Is there something lower than an F?
    If so, give that rating to the congress and senate.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  197. Joey

    I give President an A+ on trying to help people and House Republicans the biggest, most gigantic "F" EVER!!! They criticize him over not having a jobs plan....but he has proposed the American Jobs Act. They criticize him over not having an immigration plan....but he has proposed the DREAM Act. They say no to every common sense proposal he puts out there. They are the reason nothing gets done and simply voting them out of office will not solve the problem. The American people will just elect even dumber Republicans to fill their spot.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  198. Thomas

    Congress F, President D+

    June 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  199. Everett Wallace

    congress&senate a "D" president "F" military a "B-"

    June 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  200. Jim

    No matter how badly President Obama does, he can't begin to compare to the previous president, a Republican with a higher kill-count than the dictator Pol Pot. If that doesn't scare everyone in the United States, I don't know what can. The somewhat bad economy doesn't even begin to compare to the utter travesty of Iraq; the ultimate irony of the Republicans is that they keep hammering Obama on the economy, which he has no control over, but have not once brought up his signing of the NDAA act with extra provisions 1023 and 1032, which is arguably even worse than the Patriot Act. Perhaps because this is what the Republicans want; power and control.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  201. Louis, Jax. Fl.

    An F. A failed administration, due to a lack of leadership. 4 more years with these socialist academics, and we'll be like Greece.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  202. Gus in Texas

    Republicans in Congress–F. Democrats in Congress–C-. President Obama: B-. Media: D (uncritical, simplistic, tabloid). What a country!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  203. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    I would give President Obama an A- plus and Congress and F- minus. As a former Republican, I see the behavior of the once-proud Republican party, not only towards the President but towards the county, as totally shameful. After eight disasterous years of Bush and company, President Obama has tried to do the right things to get the country back on track and the Republicans, led by their Master Gordon Norquist, have done everything possible to stand in the way of any kind of progress. Unemployed fathers, homes being taken, families falling apart and lives ruined mean nothing to the R's just as long as they get the African-American Democratic president out of the Oval Office. What ever happened to COUNTRY FIRST?

    June 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm |

    D for Mr Obama? You must be grading on a curve set low. Mr Obama has never submitted a budget; he has increased the deficit and debt more than any other President despite criticizing debt level increases while senator; he has not created jobs as promised; he wasted billions on a failed stimulus; he has done NOTHING about social security or medicare; he had a chance in his first 2 years to address immigraton and he ignored it; he continues to waste money on afghanistan; he is the most partisan President in our history; has is incapable of working with Congess due to his polarizing partisan way; he is in charge and must take responsibility – but he refuses to do so -- A "D" is way too high "F" and out the door

    June 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  205. Adam Williamson

    "It's hard to imagine any other profession where you could perform at this level and keep your job."

    Really? I can name three such lines of work: banker, economist, and financier...

    June 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  206. Mark

    Obama gets a B+ for dealing with republicans that intentionally tried to block his every move. This is treason in my opinion and an investigation is needed. Congress, obviously, gets an F

    June 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  207. Rick - Annapolis

    I'd give Obama a B. He's tried, but he doesn't have the guts or the vision of an FDR. Stimulus programs, fully enacted, (something like the CCC and WPA) along with ending the Bush tax cuts, would've put people to work and given the real "job creators", the consumers, money to spend and stimulate manufacturing and sales. I'd give Congress a D and the republiscum an F-. The democrats are wusses and the right wing's sole agenda is ending the black man's tenure,and if that involves selling out the country, so be it. I would love to be charged with contempt of congress.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  208. Deb in MT

    The GOP congress critters (House and Senate) deserve an F for trying to block any effort to create jobs while simultaneously wasting our time and tax dollars on frivolous attempts to control women's bodies and legislate the GOP's antediluvian morality and big corporate dream list. These guys have been nothing more than a road block to progress.

    The Dem congress critters deserve a C (not too much they can do in the House) and a C+ (I'd give them a higher grade if they'd call the GOP's 'all fillibuster all the time' bluff) in the Senate.

    I'd say President Obama earns a B for trying to make things work for us, for proposing solutions and for trying to find a sane GOPer or two (good luck with that one, Mr. President) to work with.

    He gets an A for understanding what we are facing, even if he's up against a solid wall of opposition from the GOP, FOX, Grover Norquist and his ridiculous pledge, assorted pundits , 5 of the USSC, and most of the coddled 1% ers out there.

    President Obama will get my vote, but I'll be d*mned if I'll vote for any Republican again in my lifetime.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  209. Tim in America

    I'd give Obama an F+, Congress a C. Obama has set the stage for nobody working together. He has been the most 'Dictator' of presidents in US history. We have less freedoms than when he started, while government & benefits has gone up while he has been in office, the private sector has fallen. Yet, he claims the 'suffering' private sector needs to do more for the public sector. What a clueless man.
    C for Congress? Well they can only do so much without a leader. It seems most Democrats in Congress don't see Obama as a leader as much as they see him as a cheerleader. When you are a president, you are not a Democrat or Republican, but a leader of all. We should stop Ds or Rs from running for President, and maybe we can get things done in this country.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  210. Susan in NC

    A solid A to the President and a solid F to Congress - both parties!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  211. Steven

    It is hard for a President to do anything with a Congress that will not work with him and always says no, no ,no.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  212. John in Roswell, Ga

    C for Obama. He tried his best, but like in school, he just can't grasp the subject matter. But we sure as hell don't want him back in our class, So give him a passing grade and let him move on. F for Congress. But don't hold this class back either. They've been useless since Tip Oneil passed. It's not the Dems or the GOP. It's the whole useless lot.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  213. jmac

    The Republican controlled congress has one agenda. Get Obama out. They don't care about the economy. They will not support even their own ideas when Obama tries to work with them. The congress deserves the bad grade.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  214. IndianaGreg

    "Bloomberg news reports that congressional leaders may delay the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts until March. These cuts are scheduled to start in January."

    OK...show of hands...who didn't see THAT coming?

    June 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  215. Fifth Grade Teacher

    If you are in charge and you cannot get the job done, then excuses do not get to save you -- Obama has proven one thing – he is incapable of getting ANYTHING done unless he controls all three branches of government. So why would anyone give Obama 4 more years to do nothing but increase the deficit, the debt, and the nuber of golf rounds he plays

    June 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  216. Phil, georgia

    Of course, anything republicans touch goes Sour. They were the do nothing congress and they brought that same attitude to this congress during the worse possible times. Obama gets an A, Democrats a B and republicans an–F!!!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  217. sturmgewehr

    I give the president a C for trying new policies to help the people has he made mistakes, yes but he tried. He should not be the scapegoat for congresses incompetence no president should, for that reason I give congress an F- for their political pandering on both sides of the isle they need to do whats best for us. Both side put earmarks in bills to stop them knowing neither side will vote for it, that needs to stop.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  218. Joseph, Los Angeles CA

    We voted for this President and Congress. Whatever grade we give them, we have to give ourselves too.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  219. Janet Pelosi, San Fran

    Gosh Jack, if only you had some liberal followers chiming in. Does anyone here remember when the dumbocrats had the White House, Senate, and House of Reps. Yet no budget. And who gets the blame? The Republicans? WOW! Talk about wearing blinders. With people like this voting, no wonder our country sinking.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  220. Andrew

    All legislation starts with congress. I give congress a big fat F-. Obama has tried, but there's not much he can do without congress. That's why we see him take matters into his own hands (especially with the executive order on immigration). I'd give Obama a C-. Personally, I think America would be better off without tea party republicans. We were on a positive trend, until the tea party nut jobs were sworn into office. Heck even before that they were filibustering just about EVERYTHING.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  221. Jim Charlotte NC

    Sorry to disappoint you Jack but it goes back to a time before Obama. We have been coming unraveled since someone remarked that "It's your money and you should get to keep it".

    June 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  222. Forget me Not

    President Obama should not be graded at all because he does not have a Congress that will work with him. Everything that he has tried to it has been blocked by thie Republican Tea Party Congress. They are hateful and disrespectful. Voters are going to remember this at the polls in November.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  223. GG

    A big fat EFFF! an upside down smiley face.. Black hole sticker vs gold star..

    June 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  224. Phil

    It is amazing to see the grades range from A- to F for this President. Then I started thinking, if I paid 0% in fedral taxes then I would probably give the President that A-. Since I didn't have to risk any of my money and I have no skin in the game, sure why not, give the man a A-. But Im guessing that those who gave the President an F are those who pay the lion share of the taxes, you know the top 10% who pay over 70% of the Federal taxes. Very similiar if you took out a group of people and you picked up the tab for a meal that wasn't all that good, I'm guessing those who didn't have a pay a cent might say the meal was pretty good.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  225. Steve

    It's amazing how many of you continue to blame the GOP in Congress and give the president a pass (or better). Last time I checked, the GOP only controlled one house of Congress. Before that, the president had a majority in both houses and we still have this mess. An F for the president and an F for the Senate (that hasn't passed a budget in three years). A D for the House because they haven't pushed harder for budget cuts and other messures to correct the problems in this economy.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  226. JAC

    I think President Obama has made considerable effort to work with congress on improving the economy, however congress has only done one thing, and that is block anything the president proposes. I say, get the bums in congress out of office, and elect some member that will work to fix our economy, instead of act like puppets to the GOP..

    June 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  227. Robert

    Amazing! As I read these comments and see A's or B's are their brains working? The Dem's has control of the house for two years under Obama. They still continue to screw things up! Have you listened to Palosie and Reed? The people that keep voting them in just must be stupid!

    Obama does not even deserve an F! Congress also gets an F! I just can not believe our governement. After nearly four years Obama still blames Bush! Are you serious! How can he look at the American people and want to be re-elected? If he does win, who will be his fall guy the next four years?

    We are in trouble as Rommey is not much better! Congress gets paid for what? Our government is the worst in history and we keep electing a Dem or Rep into office! Lets get a third party and kick all of these people out of office!

    Pray for our country! We will need it!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  228. Yondo

    Obama an "A" for trying his best after inheriting all of bush's screwups. If you may recall, we were headed to an all out
    catastrophic depression!!! The "do nothing" republican congress a total "F-" When they alll vote "NO", that tells you something about their party and ideas!!!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  229. wes

    Obama gets an F.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  230. jcarter

    I would give them both F's!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  231. LiberaLIowan

    President Obama gets an "A". Congress gets an "F".

    June 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  232. John in Roswell, Ga

    Barack Obama never really liked President Washington as evident in his recent comment, “He’s the only president named George I can’t blame crap on.” From 'History in Briefs' an ebook by jd harlan. But seriously, they work for us and yet they're all getting mostly failing grades. Sounds like a problem with us, the voters.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  233. tom

    The only ones in Washington who should be given a "D" is the republicans. They are total obstructionists.
    Hell bent on seeing our fine president defeated. The republicans are the reason the economy is in the tank.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  234. Ben

    We have had decades of declining performances of both legislators and Presidents. It's really a sad day when the people of this country are more dependent on their government than themselves, their communities, and their support systems. Our legislators have enabled generations of ego-centric dependent citizens who will eventually be owned by overseas interests and those who have prepared. As for our Presidents; they have done nothing but demonstrate their lackluster leadership and ingenuity time and time again both at home and abroad. When will the cycle of rhetoric end and the period of sustainable action start? Are there any real leaders out there? Congress and the President F-.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  235. John in Roswell, Ga

    Oh, and anyone giving Obama an A needs to turn of the TV and get out more.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  236. Bill Wright

    The economists got it exactly right all participants deserve no more then a "D" grade. This grade reflects, lack of focus,and lack of backbone... equaling a lack of results ... bottom line we can do better.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  237. jcarter

    Why are people still talking about Bush? This administration has had more screwups than the previous administration! Why do you think Obama is running on social issues? His record stinks!

    June 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm |